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January 31: Contentment

"Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: 12 I know
how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full
and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. 13 I can do all things through Christ who
strengthens me." Philippians 4:11-13

Though the Apostle Paul’s ministry was greatly effective, it certainly was not easy. He was constantly
under attack for his preaching by the unbelieving Jewish leaders who opposed the message of Christ as
the Messiah, by the pagan leaders who opposed the teaching against idolatry, and by the Roman
authorities who viewed this new religion as a threat. Paul was beaten, jailed, stoned, shipwrecked, and
had to flee for his life on multiple occasions. Yet through all the trials and challenges, Paul’s faith rested
in Christ.

The letter we know as the book of Philippians was written by Paul while he was in jail in Rome for his
fearless preaching. Despite all that he had endured and the trouble of his current surroundings, Paul
could write that he was content. True contentment has nothing to do with our possessions or our
location; it has to do with our faith. Our God reminds us that both scarcity and abundance are according
to His plan, and when we recognize that truth, we can find contentment in any situation. True
contentment allows us to attempt great things for God, knowing that the strength given to us by Christ,
will be equal to any challenge we face.

Renewal Principle

The more we trust God’s goodness and provision, the more content we are regardless of our

Bible Reading

John 1 - 3

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